Intellectual Property Rights

COTANCE provides information & training material on Intellectual Property Rights to the leather industry in the framework of an EU sponsored project within the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

COTANCE has contributed to the development of sector guides on Intellectual Property for the operators in the leather, leathergoods and footwear industries in the framework of a project sponsored by the European Commission and managed by the EACI. The work was carried out in cooperation with the University of Alicante (Spain), Europe's National Patent Offices and the European Trade Associations and Research Centres of the Textiles (Euratex) and Furniture (UEA) industries. These guides contain all relevant information for the sector's companies interested in engaging or developing their IP strategies and enhancing thus their competitiveness on the markets (see our previous note on the subject).

The handy guides target notably the sector's SME's, the strength of Europe's leather and footwear industry. They are easy to read and provide brief detailed information on all operational aspects of IP rights relevant to the leather and footwear industry as well as interesting case studies.

The Guides in 13 different European languages are available for download through a specific project site. A promotion campaign in the various EU countries is foreseen throughout 2010 with a final Conference in October 2010 in Brussels.

A table with all national seminars can be found here.  

Downloadable English versions:


IP Guide Leather


Ip Guide Footwear


IP Guide Furniture

Other linguistic versions can be downloaded here: